Abortion access makes for healthier population

I’m writing in response to Shelby Bennett’s misleading letter about the services provided by Planned Parenthood (“I must speak about abortion,” March 13).

For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has provided health care to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Here in Clackamas, more than 95 percent of its services involve lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, Pap tests, STD treatment, vasectomies, menopause information and sexual health education. 

One in five women will turn to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for professional, nonjudgmental and confidential care. By replacing fear with facts, misinformation with education, Planned Parenthood protects teens and helps parents who don’t know how to talk to their kids about sexual health.

When a woman is trying to make the extremely difficult, deeply personal medical decision about whether to end a pregnancy, she deserves accurate medical information about all her options. The last thing she needs is to be emotionally manipulated. Bennett’s letter contains junk science about a link between abortion and breast cancer that simply does not exist. The truth is, study after study has shown increased access to safe, legal abortion is linked to better physical and mental health; decreased levels of poverty and abuse; and improved economic outcomes both for the woman and for society as a whole.

Planned Parenthood does more than any other organization to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy. If people like Bennett truly want to reduce unintended pregnancies, they would work with Planned Parenthood to increase access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.

Bennett says she cares about the women and children of Oregon. As a grandmother and volunteer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, I care too. I also care about accuracy and adherence to truth.

Joan Hamilton 

Oak Grove

Contract Publishing

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